Still Life: A Short Film about Tony Judt

Tony Judt, one of our leading public intellectuals, died earlier this month of ALS, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Judt was no stranger to controversy, and he had his critics. But he lived out his final years in a way that few could feel divided about. He kept writing and publishing. The pace picked up instead of slowing down. And he stayed in the public light, when most would have backed away from it. The video above – a short tribute to his life – isn’t entirely fun to watch. I’ll admit that. But it says something important about how we live, endure illness, and die with our humanity intact. Needless to say, this makes the video eventually 100% relevant to you. Hence why we’re posting. Thanks Mike for another great clip.

PS You can find Tony Judt’s recent writings in The New York Review of Books here. I would also encourage you to read Timothy Garton Ash’s intellectual obit of Judt here.

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